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Senior Associate Dean Steve Loerch returned to his alma mater in 2017 to help lead the college that gave him his start.


According to the American Cancer Society, some 245,000 people in the United States have leukemia, with 40,000 new cases added each year and more than 20,000 deaths each year.

Penn State Extension is gearing up for on-farm readiness reviews that can help producers prepare for Food Safety Modernization Act inspections.

Researchers in the college investigate tick behavior and molecular biology with a goal of preventing tickborne illnesses.

College Briefs

Their invasion of America is causing quite a commotion, but not in a cool "Beatlemania" way.

There are more than 500,000 dairy cows in the state, and all eventually will enter the beef supply.

Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users.

Researchers discover a new way to make vitamin K that promises to cut costs.

Undergraduate researchers investigate methods for removing lead from water.

Alison Franklin

Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for treated wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to college researchers who conducted a study at Penn State's Living Filter.

Methane Molecule

Leading the world-wide effort to get a better handle on enteric methane (CH4) emissions, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.

Researchers investigate new ways to control grubs on athletic fields.

Boubou Sangho and Gladys Freeman

The college's Ag2Africa program hosts entrepreneurs from Africa for six weeks.

Erika Machtinger

Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a college research team of biologists, immunologists, and entomologists led by Erika Machtinger, assistant professor of entomology, is working with the state Game Commission to learn why.

In a state with more than 12 million people and robust agricultural and resource-extraction industries, the water quality in Pennsylvania's more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers is always a dicey proposition. But a statewide volunteer group marshaled by Penn State Extension is starting to make a difference.

Corncobs found at Ancestral Puebloan ruin reveal 1,000-year-old virus.

Alumni News

Three ag alums with national reputations garner support for their programs.

Dianne Petrunak

The college honors Dianne Petrunak with the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

Barbara Howell Raphael Receives Penn State Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award

Four alumni have been named 2018 Outstanding Alumni. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty.

The college recognizes Kurt Miller with its Outstanding Senior Award.

Alan Schaffranek Named Director of Alumni Relations.

From the left: Matt Owens, Ag Alumni Society Financial Secretary; Wayne Martenas '74 B.S. Agricultural Engineering; Christine Christian '85 B.S. Microbiology, '91 M.S. Food Science; Douglas Masser '12 B.S. Agricultural and Extension Education; David Clark

New inductees welcomed to the Armsby Honor Society.

Lisa Kirby Rankin

Lisa Kirby Rankin '10 Ag Bus Mgmt will assume the role of president of the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors this July.

The Last Word

The Penn State Cancer Institute aims to provide access to high-quality cancer care for residents in central Pennsylvania.


The Agronomy Farm at the Rock Springs Facility, part of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, is the college's largest field research facility, comprising more than 600 acres.